The OECD's environmental policy committee canceled a planned discussion about upgrading Brazil's status in the international body. Brazil is a guest on the committee but claims the status of member. This typically accelerates the process of adhering to the institution's environmental guidelines, a mandatory part of the entry into the agency.
Entry into the OECD, a kind of club for rich countries, is one of Bolsonaro's highest priorities. In the government's view, it would be a way to increase confidence in the country and attract more investment.
As shown in a document obtained by Folha, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría had recommended that, during the February 9 meeting, members approve Brazil's upgrade and the acceleration of adherence to the guidelines.
However, after all Committee members received a letter from the human rights NGO Human Rights Watch with questions about Bolsonaro's environmental policy, Brazil was removed from the February 9 meeting agenda.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon